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Movies, live entertainment and Missoula Children’s Theater provide art and culture opportunities


DAYTON—The Liberty Theater’s three-part Summer Cultural Enrichment Program (SCEP), aimed at children ages 6 through 6th grade, kicks off this month with free dollar movies, followed with a visit by Chris Fascione in July, and a Missou- la Children’s Theater (MCT) production in August. The goal of the SCEP is to provide arts and culture opportunities for youth and families.


Friday, June 21 will kick off six weeks of PG-rated kids’ movies on Friday and Tuesday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. Support from funding partners and individual donors makes it possible to offer the movies for a $1 admission and a small popcorn and drink for $2. Movies include: Peter Rabbit, Goosebumps 2, Surfs: The Lost Village, The Star, Hotel Transylvania 3 and the Emoji Movie.

Live Entertainment

Indianapolis-based storyteller and entertainer Chris Fascione will perform in two live shows at 10 a.m. and 6 pm. on Wed., July 10. Fascione, known as “The Happy Juggler,” specializes in children’s literature. He brings 20 years of experience encouraging children to read through a mix of mime, comedy and juggling. This event is co-sponsored by The Club and Dayton Kiwanis and admission is free.

Missoula Children’s Theater

The Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT)will make their annual visit to Dayton the week of Au- gust 5-10 to produce “Pinnocchio.” This week-long acting workshop and performance camp for kids culminates in two performances at 7 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 9 and Sat., Aug. 10. Tickets will go on sale in July.

The MCT sends young adults, many with arts and theater degrees, around the country each summer to help children discover the magic of live theater. Pre-registration is recommended as the program is limited to 60 participants. Pre-registration will be available on July 30 and Aug. 2 from 2-5p.m. at the theater with final registration and auditions held at 9:30 a.m. on Mon., Aug. 5.

A grant from the Columbia County Children’s Fund has helped make this year’s MCT visit possible.


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